Sunday, May 29, 2005

Do's and Don'ts

Do not:

· Use contractions, isn’t, don’t etc (unless you are writing an informal leter)

· Use abbreviations (e.g. govt. &)

· Split words between lines.

· Start sentences with 'and', 'but' or 'because'; they are conjunctions.

· Use numbered or bulleted points.

· Forget to organise your writing into paragraphs.

· Write out the question (it is a waste of time).and is not included in the word count.

· Use stock phrases, “health is wealth”, “education is the backbone of a nation” etc.

· Spend more than one minute per question in the reading test, guess or go on to the next.

· Leave blanks on the answer sheets, put in a guess.

· Take two good sharp pencils and a pencil sharpener with you.

· Write neatly.

· Make sure that you know the difference between small and capital letters.

· Learn how to estimate how much you need to write to produce 150 and 250 words.

· Paragraph your writing.

· Answer writing task 2 first as it is “worth” more marks.

· Spend five minutes planning your answers to the written tasks, answering the question asked is most important.

· In the speaking test, talk to the interviewer and interact with him/her, this will help you to judge whether you have said enough and whether the examiner is ready to ask you another question.

· Think about what you could say in a conversation about topics of general interest, the weather, clothes, hobbies, watching TV, movies, sport, festivals, ceremonies.

· Practice speaking on topics for one minute, so that you can judge how much (or little) you need to say to fill one minute.

· In the reading and listening modules, check the questions before you start.

· Take care when you transfer the answers to the answer sheet. No extra time is allowed for this in the reading paper.



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